Song of the Cuckoo Bird

Song of the Cuckoo Bird

A Novel

Book - 2006
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A sweeping epic set in southern India, where a group of outcasts create a family while holding tight to their dreams.

Barely a month after she is promised in marriage, eleven-year-old orphan Kokila comes to Tella Meda, an ashram by the Bay of Bengal. Once there, she makes a courageous yet foolish choice that alters the fabric of her life: Instead of becoming a wife and mother, youthful passion drives Kokila to remain at the ashram.

Through the years, Kokila revisits her decision as she struggles to make her mark in a country where untethered souls like hers merely slip through the cracks. But standing by her conviction, she makes a home in Tella Meda alongside other strong yet deeply flawed women. Sometimes they are her friends, sometimes they are her enemies, but always they are her family.

Like Isabel Allende, Amulya Malladi crafts complex characters in deeply atmospheric settings that transport readers through different eras, locales, and sensibilities. Careening from the 1940s to the present day, Song of the Cuckoo Bird chronicles India's tumultuous history as generations of a makeshift family seek comfort and joy in unlikely places--and from unlikely hearts.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2006
ISBN: 9780345483157
0345483154
Branch Call Number: FICTION Malladi
Characteristics: x, 384 p. ; 21 cm

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Aug 15, 2008

On theme of Ashrams, I thought this book would be much darker. It took a depressing subject andgave hope and colour to it. Enjoyable read.

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